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Diet in Infectious Diseases

Categories: Infectious Diseases

Foods that can be used: Milk, milk-water,
milk and lime-water, Mellin's food, malted milk, imperial granum, albumin

water, rice water, oatmeal water, barley water, egg (white part), and

barley water, arrowroot water, whey, whey and cream mixture, cream and

rice mixture, beef tea, beef extract, mutton broth, beef juice. Chewing

broiled steak and only swallowing the juice, dry toast and soft boiled

eggs, milk toast, dried beef
roth, soups, rice, cornstarch, tapioca, etc.

The diet must not consist of solid food in any severe case of fever. Small

quantities of cold drinks can be given, frequently repeated if there is no

vomiting. Frequent washing with tepid water or cool water lessens the

fever and produces sleep. The bowels should be kept open at least once a

day, and castor oil or salts usually can be given. (See Nursing and

Dietetics department.)

Table of Infectious Diseases.

Date of

characteristic Whole

Incubation lasts symptom. duration.

Mumps 7 to 20 days 1st day 7 days or less

Whooping Cough 2 to 7 days 7 to 14 days 2 months

Diphtheria 1 to 12 days 1 to 2 days 1 week to 1 month

Erysipelas 2 to 8 days 1 to 2 days 1 week to 3 weeks

Varioloid 10 to 13 days 1 day 1 week to 3 weeks

Chicken Pox 12 to 17 days 1 day 4 to 7 days

German Measles 1 to 3 weeks 1 day 3 to 4 days

Measles 12 to 14 days 4 days 7 to 9 days

Scarlet Fever 1 to 7 days 1 to 2 days 7 to 12 days

Typhoid Fever 1 to 14 days 7 to 8 days 3 to 5 weeks

Smallpox 10 to 14 days 3 to 4 days 2 to 4 weeks